Posted on | August 29, 2012 | 8 Comments
On Saturday, we celebrated J’s third birthday. This year’s “theme” was “Superheroes” per J’s request, which sparked so many ideas in my head that I went on a Pinterest spree and started pinning possible birthday ideas back in May. The invitations were ordered from Pear Tree Greetings and featured J’s school picture which somehow looked more like a confused mug shot, making it more priceless than anything. Here’s the stock example:
(I can’t put up the real one ‘cuz you folks can’t be knowing where I live and all…) The actual ones I got were blue and obviously had J’s picture and not that cute kid.
When I say that I went nuts, trust me… I went nuts. I’ve never been one for big, over the top kids parties because… well, who has the money. But this year has been so tough for me and for J, that I wanted to really celebrate. Last year, his party fell the weekend after my divorce was final and honestly, the whole day is still a blur of sharing space with my too close for comfort ex-husband and his family. So this year, I wanted it to be different, more celebratory and less “Let’s all just survive this, mmkay?”
I bought party favor bags from Paper Nook and they were a HUGE hit. I filled each one with organic lollipops from Yummy Earth, a bag of Goldfish, bubbles, and superhero themed rubber duckies. Because of the design, they fit in perfectly with the cake and decorations so they had a lovely prominent spot on the table.
(Note my lovely hand-made signs? Two words: Adhesive Foam. Best stuff ever. Bought the sheets and letters at Michaels and then used them to create little signs for the food, the favors, and even on the lemonade pitcher.)
There’s the “full spread”: Lemonade (marked BOOM), a fruit and cheese tray, a vegetable and mini-triscuit tray with spinach dip, a tray of chocolate covered oreos marked with a semi-superman symbol (but a J instead of an S, clearly), and, of course, the cake. I’m a fan of homemade cakes when the kids are small enough not to care what they look like because… I don’t know why. It’s cheaper? Either way, my cake was DEFINITELY homemade, down to the not perfect icing, lopsided layers, and scraggly “J”. But it tasted good so who really cares, right?
The party was a HUGE success. The kids played outside in the pool and with the bubble wands for the first hour then we transitioned inside for cake, presents, and “crafting” for the parents. I set up the kitchen table with pre-cut shapes out of adhesive foam, foam superhero masks, toddler sized capes, and the rest of the adhesive foam letters. Voila: Make your own superhero cape and mask! Each kid left with a mom-made superhero outfit, each one unique, and all of them adorable. If it hadn’t been a toddler party, I would have tried to get a picture of all of them in the capes, but who are we kidding.
Overall, it was so much fun. A lot of planning and a lot of clean up, but at the end of the day, J looked at me and asked if it could be his birthday the next day, too. J’s father was polite and helpful, his family was as awesome as always, my father and brother managed not to be rude to my Ex… and everyone was gone by 5 pm, leaving me time to crack open a much needed bottle of wine … and that, my friends, is the mark of a good party.